Let me first start off by saying im completely stoked that Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens signed entry level contracts today. But thats not the topic of this Blog.
The Topic is none other then one of the best Defensive Offensemen to play the game we all love to watch.
Peter Forsberg was drafted in 1991 by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round 6th overall, and in 1993 was traded to Quebec with a lot of others which goes into so much detail according to NHL.com that you have to read the whole process behind it a few times.
He then started his NHL career as a Quebec Nordique in the 94/95 season where he played 47 games and put up 50 points,(15g/35a). Then after that season the whole team was moved to Colorado and a new life began for all the players and staff of the former Nordiques.
Then from ther 95/96 season onto till the 03/04 season, Peter was a huge part of an Avalanche team that won 2 Stanley Cups in 96 and 01. In those years alone it put up 201 goals and 490 Assists in 236 games.
The only downfall in Peters game was injuries, only in the teams first season as the Avs did he play the whole 82 games, in his whole NHL career.
He then went on to play for Swedish Elite League Modo, and then signed in Philly as a free agent in 2005 and played 2 seasons before getting traded to Nashville where he only played 17 games. He attempted 2 comebacks with the Avs but because of his longtime injury to his foot was never able to play the same rough and tough speedy hockey that he was best known for.
After his 2nd game back the Avs in 2010/2011, he decided that the game had surpassed him and his injury would no longer allow him to play. He hung up the skates for good, announcing to his longtime fans, Teammates and the Nhl world that he was done..
His Career regular season NHL totals are:
708 games played, 249 Goals, 636 Assists, 690 Penalty Minutes, and a +238, 71 Powerplay goals, 16 Shorthanded goals and 43 Game winning goals.
His career Playoff Totals are:
151 games played, 64 goals, 107 assists, 163 Penalty minutes, a +54 rating, 16 powerplay goals, 2 shorthanded goals, and 14 game winning goals.
The Avalanche Organization will be retiring Forsbergs #21 Jersey to the rafters on the 2011-2012 season home opener against the Detroit Red Wings on October 8th. So mark it on your calender as one of our teams greatest players joins the Rafters with Patrick Roy, Raymond Bourque and Joe Sakic….. And hopefully not to long after Adam Foote will be up there as well, but thats a story for another time.
Thanks For Reading.